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Monthly Archives: April 2012

I love this fabric and the style of this chair is perfect for my newly painted piano room…


CR Laine Chair: 1055 (Chair).

I just discovered this really neat live auction site for jewelry and other items.  Posted a bracelet to sell on the auction on the 25th at 5:00 pm. Check it out!

Tophatter : Auction Schedule.

On today, love this site that has a different item each day.  I bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner from about three years ago and I love to vacuum now…never thought I would say that but this thing picks up so much dirt and dust that you never knew you had! It is actually fun to see what comes out of the carpets.

Woot® : One Day, One Deal™.

My friend Lere Robinson has a wonderful website with delicious recipes and advice for a healthy lifestyle.  She is an experienced nutritional consultant who can help you change your lifestyle to one that is beneficial to your physical and mental well-being.

Alive Again! | Nutritional Consulting | Columbia, SC.

This is a delicious recipe for a quiche that Lere brought to one of our tennis matches, it was a big hit!

Basic Veggie Quiche

  • 3 cups seasonal veggies, e.g. finely chopped onions, red,yellow, orange peppers, grated butternut squash, grated zuchinni, chopped mushrooms, chopped spinach.
  • 1 cup organic white cheddar cheese – grated
  • 1 cup organic cream
  • 4 Large eggs
  • Herbal salt to taste
  • Sauté the veggies in a little liquid veggie stock – low sodium and msg free for 2-3 mins.
  • Place the veggies in a greased baking dish. Add cheese.
  • Beat the eggs, cream and spices and pour over the cheese and veggie mixture. Mix well.
  • Bake at 350 C for about 20 – 30 min or until firm and golden brown.
  • Please note : You can add tuna, salmon or free-range chicken breast – shredded. Can also be baked in muffin pans to make individual quiches.

The bricks are scrubbed and the planters are planted, now the trim looks shabby so I guess that will be my next project…


Okay, I glazed the front door with a “mocha” glaze by Valspar and it turned out great!  The glaze actually made some of the blue paint come off when I rubbed the glaze off with a cloth and it looked pretty cool so I intentionally rubbed some of the paint off to let the red paint show through.


 Now I just have to let it dry completely, it is still a little tacky after 4 hours so I’ll just have to keep the door slightly open until it cures.  Again, the color in the photo is not exactly the actual color, the blue is a little greener but you can see the results of the technique…



This soap is great for getting out dried up paint on your paint brushes!  I tried it on some brushes I accidentally left in a bucket of paint and they were caked with dried up paint and really stiff.  I soaked them in a cup of pure undiluted Murphy Oil soap and after a little bit of manipulation they came out looking almost brand new!  Saved me a lot of money replacing the premium brushes I almost ruined!

Cleans Hardwood Floors, Paneling, Tables, Ceramic Tiles – Original Formula | Murphy Oil Soap.

I picked these up at Lowe’s and I am glad I did, they really help to paint the sides of whatever it is you want to paint by elevating it.


I am painting a piece of board that I am going to mount my antique paper cutter on so I can move it around whenever I need to.




This is the first coat of Caribbean Splash from Olympic paint. First I removed the door handle, the deadbolt lock, and the kickplate.  It kind of looks good with the old red color showing through!  I considered leaving it this way but decided to put on a second coat.


This picture (above) is closer to the actual color of the paint, blue is hard to photograph. The second coat makes the door look brighter, maybe a little too bright.  I decide to buy some flowers and pots and decorate before I decide if I like it or not.  My neighbors George and Ken are obviously dubious about the color but they are more the traditional type : )  My husband Steve is on the fence about it and so am I.


I am going to put a glaze over the door today to darken it up a bit, I wish the photo would show the true color!

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